On the day after Patriot's Day, the girls and I visited the Minute Man National Forest near Lexington. Gordy, my parents and I took Henry there when he was a baby and I always planned on taking the children back when they were old enough to understand the significance of what happened at this site.
We started out a the Visitor's Center where we watched a movie about the events leading up to (and including) the Battles of Lexington and Concord.
It was quite good and I'd say we learned a lot.
We then moved onto the trail itself, which is a five-mile long path that takes you past historical sites and markers.
We stopped along the way to do a few cartwheels and to admire a pretty pond:
She's QUEEN OF THE WORLD!
We only made it about a mile along the path before the inevitable hunger set it. My children are always dying for a snack.
We did read a few placards and we did spend time at the Paul Revere Capture site.
But then we turned around and headed back to the car which was parked by the Visitor's Center soon after. Our next stop was further down the road in Concord, where we would visit the famous Old North Bridge:
... which was lovely, by the way.
We walked across the bridge, pausing to read the engravings on the obelisk and to admire the minute man statue:
Georgia has spent the year learning about the American Revolution in her social studies class, so this field trip of ours was very timely. And the fact that the weather was mild (notice how I'm not saying that it was warm, because it really was not) and sun was out, made the excursion even more enjoyable.
Henry is still in school - this is our first year of the competing spring breaks - so we aren't taking long trips or venturing outside of our immediate neighborhood, but it's still nice to do something that isn't folding laundry or playing in our basement.
It's a true stay-cation.